On Borrowed Time - Chapter 8
Summary: Betty took a gap year for relaxation. What she didn’t expect it to include, was a road trip around the country with her best friend in tow.The fact that he was on the waiting list for a heart transplant and that she’s in love with him may have factored into her decision making. Just a little bit.
As December rolls around, bags are packed and the car is refilled to make the trip back down South. It’s not feasible to complete the drive all in one day. So Jughead drives the first portion, stopping off in Manchester. There they meet up with Archie and Veronica. Archie greets them with a large smile and the typical bear hug, whispering “I missed you two lovebirds.” They both receive an equally tight hug from Veronica. Leaving Betty in a fit of giggles, as Jughead pulls an odd face at the intrusion of his personal space. He awkwardly pats Veronica on the back and tries his best to not stare intently at her eyebrows.
They spend the night in another chain hotel, neither of them willing to sleep on Archie’s floor. There’s more than a few questionable stains that they certainly weren’t comfortable asking about, never mind laying on. The following day they fill the car up, including their redhaired friend and continue the journey back home. Veronica set to join them after Christmas to spend New Year’s with Archie. With Archie up front to have command of the radio, Jughead takes the opportunity to stretch across the back seats.
I’m the trouble starter, punkin’ instigator.
Jughead cracks one blue eye open, catching Betty’s gaze in the rear view mirror as he goes in search of the interruption. “I didn’t realise we’d travelled back in time twenty years. I must have been asleep for ages.”
I’m the fear addicted, danger illustrated.
Archie blows out his cheeks. “Betty likes it, don’t you?” Betty’s eyebrows raise, keeping her eyes on the road. Jughead thinks it’s probably more to avoid answering Archie, than anything else.
“Fine. I’ll find something else.” He goes back to scrolling through his phone, allowing Jughead to get a few minutes of peace.
I woke up today with this feeling.
Jughead’s forehead creases. “No.” Betty snorts.
That better things are coming my way.
“Why?” Archie retorts, voice high. He turns round in his seat to look at Jughead.
And if the sunshine has a meaning.
Jughead’s eyebrow quirks. “Do I look like a teenage girl from the early 2000’s?” Archie exhales sharply, twisting back to face the front of the car. The noise of him scrolling filling the air again.
When the world, leaves you feeling blue.
You can count on me, I will be there for you.
Jughead frowns. “Please refer to my previous statement.” Archie looks towards Betty for support, only to find her biting her cheek in attempt to keep herself from laughing.
“This whole you two being together thing, really has some negatives.”
Betty grins, eyes flicking to the passenger seat. “We’ve never agreed with your music choices, Archie.” His nose crinkles in reply, but he can’t hide the small smile on his face that always comes from spending time together. Jughead closes his eyes, enjoying the quiet.
Not a minute later, he finds himself being woken up again. “I’ve found something that I think will appeal to us all.” Archie exclaims excitedly. Jughead braces himself as the tune begins to play through the car speakers.
One, Two, One, Two, Three, Go!
Jughead’s stomach drops as he recognises the song. “Oh god.”
Clap your hands.
Archie turns in his seat again, grinning menacingly. “I knew you’d like it!”
“This is all the childhood memories I try to forget.” Jughead states, making Betty laugh loudly from the driver’s seat as she overtakes a slower car.
Wave your hands.
“This moment right here, this is worse than the illness.” He declares, watching as Archie starts to dance along with the commands.